Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by the a hand full of states will no longer be acceptable at any TSA checkpoints. So if you’re a resident of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Washington you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport or another form of valid ID if you’re flying anywhere domestically!
What a better time to add a new member to your family than the holiday season. Whether you are 4 or 74, animal lovers everywhere are welcoming new furry friends into our homes and into our hearts with wagging tails and purrs galore. That said, many say that money can’t buy you love, but Petfinder.com proves otherwise.
Whether you’re maximizing a sign-up bonus to land a free vacation, or getting cash back that you can use to buy something else, your choice of credit card can get you a bevy of freebies if you choose the right one. But that’s only if you steer clear of some of the most common mistakes that people make when using cards.
Vacations should be taken to reduce stress and help you find happiness that will ultimately make you more productive, right? However, according to AARP’s Staying Sharp program, researchers are discovering that all not all vacations are created equally when it comes to overall well-being. Staying Sharp helps you maximize your days off by making choices that minimize your stress.
We are especially excited about the 50% airline bonus that gives you half your points back when you use Membership Rewards points to book either a Business or First Class ticket.
Marriott just announced that they will now allow members who use a co-branded credit card carrying either the Ritz-Carlton, Starwood or Marriott logo, to earn bonus points when booking on the other carrier’s hotels. We believe that it’s an effort by the now largest hotel chain to stem attrition among their most loyal of customers…
Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful five-day getaway to Tuscany, including three nights in beautiful Florence. I knew that the potential use of Starwood Preferred Guest Points would be ideal, and looked into category 6 Starwood hotels The Westin Excelsior and The St. Regis.
From diapers to cribs, onesies to formula, planning for and having a baby can be incredibly expensive. Even though most of us here at Point Savvy have weathered the storm of pregnancies and having babies we remember he crazy expenses that overwhelmed us as new parents.
A decision I have started thinking about is whether I’ll keep the Sapphire Preferred card open when the first year is up in June 2017, when I’ll have to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the card. Point Savvy wisely suggested I look into opening another Chase card so I can keep my reward points and avoid paying an annual fee. Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two card that offer cash back rewards with no annual fee.
By the time the big day arrives next month, our bride will have spent roughly $30,000 with her Marriott Rewards Premiere Credit Card. We know that this seems like a lot, but it’s actually very much in line with the national average when it comes to weddings.
Credit card companies are out to make money, there’s no doubt about that. While interest rates and late fees are great revenue sources for credit card companies, they are not the only way credit cards make money. Credit card companies also earn revenue from merchants and annual fees.
If you’re a small business owner we think that newest benefit just added to the Business Platinum Card from American Express may make it the best business card on the market today.
The news arrived just this week when American Express announced a rather lucrative enhancement to its Platinum Card, the long-standing patriarch in this space. According to American Express spokeswoman Charlotte Fuller, Platinum Card users starting Thursday will earn 5X points for every dollar spent directly with any airline.
Folks in my office are traveling to Europe and booking airlines with ridiculously low fares for this October. They don’t have school kids and can take off when prices of the fall season are low before the holidays come.
With the major fanfare of Chase’s Sapphire Reserve and its 100,000-point sign-up bonus, we think it’s the perfect time to find out which premium travel card is really worth paying the high annual fee and adding the most value to your wallet.
The Starwood Preferred Guest program and Marriott merger is now closed and Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points between SPG and Marriott Rewards. I decided to take the plunge and link my SPG and Marriott accounts together.
The Marriott-Starwood merger closing Friday could make SPG as you know it a ticking time bomb. The merge is making us wonder, “What will happen to our beloved Starpoints?”
Late news today is The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is changing from a 25,000 sign-up bonus to a 2 FREE nights offer in a category 1-5 hotel…
We love a good promotion and Southwest is having a fun one right now that involves its social media pages. You just have to register by October 24, 2016 and then follow @Southwestair on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and share a funny story on one of the pages with the hashtags #WannaGetAway and #contest.
The Guestbook is the newest premium hotel booking site that offers rewards for booking through its platform. The site is great for instant gratification, but doesn’t offer the same value as other hotel booking programs. Here’s a rundown of pros and cons for booking through The Guestbook.
Most people think you have to spend a lot of money to earn free travel. It’s not necessarily true. When you live within your budget, it does take a time. I’m not going to lie, it takes a lot of energy and finagling to travel for free.
Living near a Southwest hub BWI airport in Baltimore, we could rack up 2x miles on their affordable flights with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card. But what we found out may surprise you. You could earn more reward miles for all airlines and hotels, with the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard. Here’s why.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the hottest luxury rewards credit card out there right now. Its leaked release mid-August has generated so much buzz and demand that issuing bank JPMorgan Chase ran out of the engraved metal cards in 10 days, sending temporary plastic cards to clamoring masses.
Historically, we at Point Savvy were big fans of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. The rewards were pretty rich until the bank reduced the value of each point. This in turn made it more difficult to redeem your points and turned us Point Savviers off a little. But just announced is a new sign up bonus offer that has caught our attention, and we think that it’s valuable enough to share with you.
New Member Sign-Up Bonuses are the best way to get a jump start on free travel and savings. Take a look at Point Savvy’s favorite offers for September. You may be just a few clicks away from a free flight or cash in your pocket.
At the beginning of 2016, one of our savviest of peeps opened her email from Starwood Preferred Guest to find that she had been awarded Gold Status for this calendar year. Most people would be ecstatic. But for a person who is on a first name basis with front desk managers at Starwood hotels up and down the eastern seaboard, and counts SPG points in her sleep – Gold Status was not an option. Our girl carefully crafted every vacation and business trip to make every single one of her 25 stays and 50 nights count in 2015. But they only counted 24 stays and 47 nights.